(Xinhua) -- The head of
Kenya’s Sports Dispute Tribunal said on Sunday that
more sportspeople are seeking redress at the court
which was established in 2013 following an Act of
John Ohaga, who chairs the
panel, told Xinhua that competition in sports is
settled on the field, but there are some legal
disputes that have to be settled in a different
"Everyone looks forward to winning which makes
competition very stiff, and therefore disputes are
bound to arise," Ohaga said.
The barrister, who is also a former rugby
international, said one of the things he discovered
after he joined the tribunal was that sportspeople
brought their disputes before the tribunal despite
its relatively limited jurisdiction.
"Sportspeople have relatively short career
durations and [disputes] must be resolved as quickly
as possible instead of having them drag in court for
five to 10 years," he noted.
Ohaga noted that the tribunal supersedes the
conventional court process on matters to do with
sports owing to its very distinct mandate.
"A court is not supposed to interfere in the
decisions of the sports tribunal, because when it
opens its doors to litigation, it will set a
precedent and open the floodgates that will render
the tribunal irrelevant," he said.
Ohaga added that appealing against its ruling
denies the tribunal legitimacy.